Government will introduce powers of entry code 'next year'

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The code states that authorities need to clearly explain the reasons for their visit
The code states that authorities need to clearly explain the reasons for their visit
A powers of entry code, stipulating that licensing authorities will be expected to give at least 48 hours’ notice before visiting a pub, will come into force next year, the Government has confirmed.

A Home Office spokeswoman said the code of practice, which also states that authorities would need to clearly explain the reasons for their visit, will be introduced in Parliament “shortly”.

The department previously said the code would be implemented by the end of 2014.

The draft code, which was drawn up in January 2013, sets out “considerations that apply before, during and after powers of entry and associated powers are exercised”.

It includes the requirement that relevant bodies provide a notice explaining the powers being used and licensees’ rights. It also stipulates that the “occupier” is informed of any visit and that any inspection must be “impartial and fair”.

Earlier this year, there were calls for the Government to add more to detail to its proposals to ensure it achieves its stated aim of minimising disruption to licensees.

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